Nuwave Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks (or Balls) - Cheesy Appetizer

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Whip up these Nuwave Air Fryer Mozzarella Balls for a string cheese air-fried appetizer. For best results, makes sure to lay the cheese in a single layer on the baking sheet or air fryer basket. You can also use a pressure cooker air fryer like the Instant Pot to whip up these coated cheese sticks. This might quickly become one of your favorite air fryer recipes.

You can make this appetizer and enjoy the cheesy goodness for yourself. Stop at the grocery store, and pick up some mozzarella sticks, panko crumbs, eggs, and garlic powder. Some people use an egg roll wrapper instead of the panko, but that is up to you. Either way, these cheese sticks are perfect for the cheese addict.

Serve up air fryer mozzarella sticks for your appetizer or side dish for dinner tonight. Breaded fresh mozzarella air fried to crunchy and cheesy perfection. Add a dipping sauce (umm, marinara!), a couple of other quick appetizers or sides like French fries, fried pickles, or crock pot mac and cheese, and you're set.

Have a bag of frozen mozzarella sticks? Next time, you can use the cooking times on this recipe to make air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks to perfection!

Skip over the instructions for how to make the cheese sticks, make a layer of frozen sticks in the air fryer basket, set the timer to cook and you're ready for a snack-fueled happy hour in no time. Don't forget you can use the air fryer to cook various frozen foods... or fresh.

You can also use this same method with different brands of frozen cheesy mozzarella sticks. It is so much healthier than deep-frying any day. Take a look at the nutritional information in the recipe card below. That's a good start to comparing nutritional details between deep frying and air frying.

air fryer mozzarella discs on white plate

This air-fried mozzarella is so incredible. Serve them up with our Air Fryer Pork Chops. AMAZING.

The breading gets nice and crunchy, the cheese is perfectly melted, and it melts in your mouth.

Pair with marinara or ranch sauce for dipping and enjoy!

This air fryer appetizer is one that will please!

Serve it with our fried mac and cheese balls or jalapeño poppers.

How To Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Balls

  1. Start by slicing up your cheese.
  2. Pat dry the cheese, bread, and then air fry as directed in the printable recipe card below!
  3. Just know, depending on the size of sticks, the cooking time can vary a bit. So always check on your sticks.


  • Mozzarella log
  • Plain Panko crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning

Can I Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Balls Gluten Free?

If you are gluten-free, you can change up for a gluten-free breading, and it will work just as well! Follow the same directions and enjoy a gluten-free fried mozzarella!

Supplies Used To Make Air Fryer Mozzarella Balls

mozzarella on parchment paper in air fryer

Placing parchment paper in your fryer when you are frying something that has breading helps it from falling into the bottom.

Be careful as they cook to make sure the cheese doesn't drip out as it cooks and melts.

It is always good to check the fried sticks or patties to ensure they are not overcooking.

You don't want the fried mozzarella balls to burn.

Serve with authentic Italian marinara sauce! Delish!

Can You Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In Air Fryer

Absolutely! If you have frozen mozzarella sticks, you will skip the prep on this recipe and go right into cooking them, as listed below in the recipe card.

You can also flash freeze the mozzarella medallions and then put them in a freezer-safe container they are ready to pop into the fryer for a quick snack or appetizer.

How Long To Cook Frozen Mozzarella Sticks In The Air Fryer

Follow the cooking time listed on this recipe. You might need to add a couple of minutes to the cooking time, but that's all. Frozen food is very convenient that way.

To save on clean up time, put aluminum foil in the bottom of the air fryer. Set the temperature on the fryer and get ready for a tasty snack.

What Size Of Air Fryer Do I Need

You are welcome to use any size. The biggest thing is you will need to batch cook your mozzarella medallions. You do not want your cheese sticks to touch.

That way, you get an even crispy coating. But whether you have a smaller fryer with a basket or a fryer oven. They all work great.

What size air fryer for a family of 2?2-3 quart
What size air fryer for a family of 4?5-quart or higher capacity
Best air fryer under $100.00?We like the Innsky Air Fryer XL, 5.8 QT

Can You Put Aluminum Foil In Air Fryers?

We get a lot of questions asking can you put tin foil in an air fryer. You can, but it needs to be done carefully.

How to use foil in a fryer - place food on a small amount of aluminum foil. Be sure there is room for air to circulate, that the foil does not stick out, and that the foil cannot get near the heating element.

How To Preheat An Air Fryer

This completely depends on the model of the fryer that you have. Some require preheating, while others need to heat up for 5-10 minutes before cooking.

Look at the owner's manual for the air fryer model that you have and follow those heating instructions.

Best Oil For Air Fryers

The best oils to use in your fryer are avocado oil, extra light olive oil, peanut oil, and sesame oil. The trick is to lightly spray the food you are cooking with an oil mister.

Air Fryer Pros And Cons

Healthier food.Takes up space.
Easy to use.Have to fry in batches.
Versatility.Some have quality issues.
Quicker, more efficient cooking.Learning curve.
air fryer mozzarella on white plate

How Long To Cook Mozzarella Sticks In The Air Fryer?

You will cook your mozzarella sticks for around 8 minutes in the fryer. But depending on the size and how your fryer heats, the cooking time will vary!

Can You Store Leftover Air Fried Mozzarella Balls?

These mozzarella balls are best served fresh. The reason being is they will sog up like any other fried food.

You can store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. Eat cold, or I recommend tossing them back in the fryer to warm them up. This will help to bring out more of the crispy texture again.

How To Make Keto Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks?

You can use crushed pork rinds as the breading instead of breadcrumbs if you want to make a keto mozzarella stick.

Bread well with the pork rinds to coat your cheese sticks! Then pair with a keto marinara sauce for dipping. Low-carb mozzarella sticks are a keto-friendly snack. Sprinkle with extra Italian seasoning for more flavor.


Yield: 16 servings

Nuwave Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks (or Balls) - Cheesy Appetizer

Nuwave Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks (or Balls) - Cheesy Appetizer

Make these tasty fried keto mozzarella balls in the air fryer for an amazing appetizer recipe. This is a simple recipe that takes only 5 minutes to prepare.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


    1. Slice your log into 16 slices. Transfer each slice onto a paper towel, and dab each slice to remove any moisture.
    2. Mix together in a medium-size bowl your Panko crumbs and seasoning.
    3. Place your Medallions into the egg wash and make sure it is fully coated on each side. Place your Medallion into the Panko crumbs. Repeat these two steps one more time.
    4. Preheat your air fryer at 400° for five minutes. You do this by starting the air fryer without any food in it.
    5. Transfer your medallions to your air fryer. Make sure that they are not touching one another.
    6. Set your air fryer to 390° for five minutes. Flip them over and set your air fryer to 390° for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. They should be crispy and brown.


    By themselves they are delicious, but if we accompany these mozzarella bites with some sauce to dip then we raise them to another level. Some options: tomato sauce and pesto sauce. Although everything goes according to taste.

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 25Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 13mgSodium 27mgCarbohydrates 2gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 1g

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    • Jessica McCoy

      Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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